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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

The VCinema Show Episode 34: Art Theatre Guild, Part One

In this first of a two-part series of episodes, we look at the Art Theatre Guild (ATG), a Japanese independent film production company that was at the forefront of independent and experimental film in ’60s and ’70s.  As an entity, the ATG assisted in the production of films by Shuji Terayama, Akio Jissoji, Juzo Itami, Koji Wakamatsu, Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura, and other “New Wave” directors of the era.

Julian Ross, Program Coordinator at the BFI Southbank in London, joins us to talk about the ATG as well as the retrospective, Shinjuku Diaries: Films from The Art Theatre Guild of Japan, which he helped program for the theater.


Direct link: Episode 34.

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  1. […] solo or start asking people to guest host which, unfortunately, is a scheduling nightmare. In fact, Episode 34 is a step in the solo direction and, even though I liked how that episode came out, I disliked […]

  2. Nathaniel Johnston
    27 February, 2013

    what is the song… i think it’s the first break in the podcast. the psych-ish sounding song with the chanting. what is that song? and which movie is it in? thank you. i’m way behind on these podcasts but i’m enjoying them very much.

    • Coffin_Jon
      3 March, 2013

      Hey Nathaniel, thanks for checking out our podcast. The song is called “Throw Them Away” (捨てろ) by the independent theater group Tenjo Sajiki. I believe it’s featured in Shuji Terayama’s film “Throw Away Your Books, Go Out Into the Streets”. Terayama was also the leader of Tenjo Sajiki.

      • Nathaniel Johnston
        5 March, 2013

        thank you so much.

        p.s. the link to the first podcast (Ricky-Oh) is broken

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